Former Amherst Town Council Member William Kindel was elected chairman of Amherst's Conservative Party on Thursday night.
A longtime member of the Republican Party, Kindel had announced last October that he planned on joining the Conservative Party. He lost his bid for re-election to the Town Board in November after 26 years in office.
Thursday, Kindel was elected Conservative Party chairman at Post 416, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the same place where he was named chairman of the town's Republican Party decades earlier.
Kindel said he finds it "refreshing" to be a member of the Conservative Party after his long Republican tenure and finds Conservatives neither too liberal, nor too friendly with business-related special interests.
He acknowledged that when he first considered joining the Conservatives last year, he discussed the possibility of assuming a leadership role. He also said he misses serving on the Town Board and might run again in the future.
"It's always a possibility," Kindel said. "There isn't a day that goes by when somebody doesn't say, 'Why don't you do it?' "